Powerful Typhoon Hagibis is projected to hit Tokyo

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TOKYO — Japan was bracing for powerful Typhoon Hagibis on Friday, a month after a strong storm pummeled the Tokyo area, disrupting transport and causing massive power outages.

“There is an increasing possibility that the very powerful typhoon will make landfall in the Tokai region or the Kanto region tomorrow,” Yasushi Kajihara, who heads the forecast division at the Meteorological Agency, said, referring to central and eastern Japan.

Hagibis is expected to bring “ferocious” winds, high waves and record rainfall to wide areas from the northeast to western Japan, Kajihara told a news conference.

Kajihara added that Hagibis is comparable to the 1958 typhoon that hit eastern and central Japan, killing more than 1,200 people.

He warned of mudslides, flooding, swollen rivers and storm surge, calling on residents to evacuate early and protect their own lives.

Two rugby World Cup matches scheduled for Saturday have been canceled due to the expected impact of Hagibis, organizers said.

The typhoon has also affected the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix this weekend at Suzuka. Qualifying has been moved from Saturday to Sunday, F1 officials said, and all events canceled Saturday at the Suzuka Circuit.

Airline operators have already decided to cancel about 1,280 flights on Saturday, broadcaster NHK reported.

Many train services, including high-speed bullet train services, will be canceled in eastern and central Japan on Saturday, operators said.

As of 9 a.m., Hagibis was about 250 miles west of Chichi Jima Island, traveling north-northwest at 15 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph and gusts of 156 mph, according to the agency.

A month ago, Typhoon Faxai pounded eastern Japan, including Tokyo, leaving one dead and about 130 injured. In Chiba prefecture, thousands of households lost electricity and water supply for two weeks.

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